How to Make a Pinup Apron (from Table Scraps!)

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Shannon_Dennis Shannon Dennis, contributor
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My lovely model is showing off the pinup apron made from...table scraps!
Fold the apron in half right sides together, and sew a 2-inch seam 3 inches from the fold.
Flatten the pleat. This is shown from the wrong side of the apron skirt.
My lovely model is showing off the pinup apron made from...table scraps!

My lovely model is showing off the pinup apron made from...table scraps!

Photo: Shannon Dennis

4. Staystitch across the top of the apron at 1/2 inch, securing the pleats and preventing the rest of the apron from stretching or warping.

5. Finish both side raw edges with a three-step zigzag. Fold to the wrong side of the apron 1 inch. Stitch in place 3/4 inch away from the fold.


Finish the edges of the apron skirt with a three-step zigzag. Fold to the wrong side of the skirt 1 inch and stitch in place using a 3/4-inch seam allowance.

6. Center the place mat on the apron skirt. Pin in place. Sew using a 5/8-inch seam allowance. Finish the raw edge and press the seam down. Set aside.


Center the cut place mat on the apron skirt. Stitch in place using a 5/8-inch seam allowance.

7. From your coordinating fabric, cut two strips 9 inches wide by the width of the fabric. Fold the strips in half right sides together, and stitch along the raw edge. Sew diagonally at the end for a pointed tie end. Trim the edges and corners, then turn right side out. Press.

8. On the wrong side of the apron, pin the tie to the apron skirt as shown.


Pin the tie ends to the wrong side of the apron skirt edge. Stitch in place following the 3/4-inch seam.

9. Open the seam and topstitch from the right side of the apron 1/4 inch away from the apron edge until just past the end of the tie. Topstitch across the apron skirt at 1/2 inch.


Bring the tie to the side of the apron and topstitch 1/4 inch from the edge of the apron skirt.

10. To hold the top up, you can use cute safety pins or topstitch ribbon in place to tie it around your neck. Or, if your place mat was like mine, the stabilizer that is inside the place mat will do the job all by itself!

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